World's largest hotel planned for Saudi Arabia

Mecca in Saudi Arabia is set to become home to the world's largest hotel with 10,000 rooms, a convention centre and 70 restaurants.

Artists impression of Abraj Kudai (©dargroup)
Artists impression of Abraj Kudai (©dargroup)

The property will form part of the $3.5bn (£2.25bn) Abraj Kudai mixed-use development being built in the Manafia area of Mecca, 2.2km south of the Masjid al-Haram (holy mosque).

Designed to look like a desert fortress, it is one of a number of hotels being built in the area to to meet the demands of the rising number of pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia each year. 

According to Arabianbusiness.com, the Abraj Kudai project will comprise 12 towers – ten of which will provide four-star accommodation, the remaining two offering luxurious five-star amenities.

Other facilities will include rooftop helipads, royal floors and a shopping mall, all roofed under what will become one of the largest domes in the world. It will also house a full-size convention centre.

London-based design practice Areen Hospitality has been appointed to design the interiors in-keeping with the palatial luxury typical of the region.

The Venetian and The Palazzo, which operate as a single hotel in Las Vegas, currently hold the title of the largest hotel in the world with 7,117 rooms. The neighbouring MGM Grand comes in a close second with 6,852 rooms.

Abraj Kudai is expected to open in 2017.

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